Abu Dhabi International Airport is readying itself for its busiest ever summer.
It is scheduled to note 1,504 flights departing from the UAE capital each week, 22% more than in the previous year.
New destinations available to passengers this summer include Johannesburg in South Africa, Madrid in Spain, Venice in Italy, Pune in India, Entebbe in Uganda and Edinburgh in Scotland as well as direct flights to Brisbane in Australia.
Etihad Airways alone has increased its weekly schedule by 68 flights, with 963 flights taking off to destinations all around the world, compared with 895 flights per week in the summer of 2014.
More aircraft will fly this summer to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, with 49 additional flights per week to Indian destinations Pune, Mangalore, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, Kochi, Delhi and Hyderabad, five additional flights per week to Pakistan, and two extra flights per week to Bangladesh. Certain other routes around the world, such as Hong Kong, Milan, Seychelles, Melbourne, Jeddah & Riyadh and Tehran, will also see increased frequencies.